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French Short Stories for Beginners Audiobook

French Short Stories for Beginners

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Publisher's Summary

Improve your French pronunciation, and listening skills. Make learning new vocabulary so much easier with 15 fun and engaging French stories.

Listening to short stories is an effective and enjoyable method to learning French. For those of you who can't just slip away from life, travel to France, and immerse yourself in the language in order to learn it, this is your solution! Listening to native-spoken French stories is the next best thing.

  • Expand your vocabulary that you can use immediately, every day. You will add 1500+ French words and expressions to your repertoire through the encounter of descriptive sentences and casual conversations woven throughout the stories.
  • Sharpen your comprehension of the spoken French by listening to a native French speaker.
  • Learn how to pronounce French words properly.
  • Familiarize yourself with a wide range of grammar structures and put them to use today.
  • Avoid the monotonous task of memorizing grammar rules. How awesome is that?!

All stories are written using vocabulary that you could easily use in your day-to-day conversations.

Start improving your French today!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Frederic Bibard (P)2017 Frederic Bibard

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    Jack 09/03/2017
    Jack 09/03/2017
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    "Entertaining and valuable book"

    Having studied the basics of French several years ago, I decided to revive my interest in the language by listening to French Short Stories for Beginners. Overall, this audiobook has been a very positive experience and has aided me greatly.

    The main advantage I have found is that the audiobook keeps you interested. I’m sure there are many people out there like me, who have attempted to learn a language through traditional textbooks and other resources only to become bored, frustrated and lost. As the French language is primarily a hobby for me, I wanted something enjoyable yet worthwhile. I have found that this product has fit this role nicely as the stories are entertaining enough to keep you listening and develop your French skills at the same time. Furthering from this, I believe the role of stories has helped me memorize phrases and vocabulary. I find it easy to forget new words, however, the added context of a specific story has helped me to retain information.

    The format of the book is as such. It is split up into various topics such as school, holidays, and hobbies. In each topic, a story segment is read out fully in French – allowing more advanced listeners to translate in their head. The story is then broken down line by line and read out in both French and English. This allows you to listen to small snippets whenever is convenient. In some chapters, I would recommend beginners to adjust the audio to a slower speed so that they can follow along better and attempt to translate some sections in their head before it is read out line by line.

    Taken as a whole this audiobook has been a fantastic resource and I encourage both beginners and more advanced speakers to give this book a go as I am sure you will learn something new.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Rares Ciornei 22/03/2017
    Rares Ciornei 22/03/2017
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    "Good way to start learning French"

    I liked the fact that the narrators speak slowly and sometimes repeat the words/phrases so you can fully understand them. I also liked that they use a simple but really commonly used vocabulary, having the proper French accent.

    Now I feel more confident in my abilities to speak French, a language I always wanted to learn. I am currently a bit closer to my dream of going to France and only talk in French.

    The stories are interesting because they are contemporary and the narrators talk about very common topics, which is a very good way to learn the most used words.

    Overall, it’s a very efficient and easy way to start learning French. I can listen to it whenever I want: while cooking, driving, before going to bed, etc. It’s a game changer!

    Definitely recommend!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Aileen 15/03/2017
    Aileen 15/03/2017
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    "An easy and entertaining way of learning French"
    Would you consider the audio edition of French Short Stories for Beginners to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The audio book is indeed a great way of learning the French language especially for someone like me who is just starting learning the language and likewise for someone who is not much of a reader. For me, learning French is quite a challenge because it is different from the way English words are spoken or pronounced; but, this audio book made it easy for me to follow along and practice the proper way of speaking the language. In addition, I can listen to it anywhere and anytime I want.

    I think the audio book can function as a stand-alone. However, for someone who is just starting learning the language, I think it is best to combine both the audio and the print version. By listening to the audio and reading the print all at once makes the learning experience more effective.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of French Short Stories for Beginners?

    I like the story content. They are simple yet interesting and relates to real life and everyday situations and thus easy to picture out. It’s as if I am also there as the story is being told. The story in chapter 9 brings back memories of my travel adventures. I also like how the stories are crafted, that as I continue to listen to it, I gradually get familiar with the words and develop an understanding as to the meaning of the words and the way the phrases or sentences are structured.


    What does Frederic Bibard and Mariem Nouni bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The first part is about getting acquainted with the language. Here, Mariem read the story by paragraphs and in between the paragraphs, the words or phrases are then broken down for translation. This is where the first phase of learning takes place; that is, to get familiar with the words and how the words are pronounced. Obviously, the audio book provided the pronunciation lesson which the printed version of the book was unable to address.

    The second part provides level 2 of the learning process; that is, to practice listening and integrate what was learned from the first part. Here, the short stories are narrated by Frederick in full French, at a slow pace.

    The third and last part of the book I think is for someone who is already comfortable with the language. It is similar to level 2 where Frederick narrated the stories in full French but this time at a normal pace.

    Therefore; the audio book sets different levels of learning; whereas, the printed version/PDF copy does not. The PDF copy only provided the first part minus the pronunciation guide.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I think so. Since I like the story content because it is very much realistic and relatable, I would want to just continue listening to it until it ends.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate that the book included a vocabulary recap at the end of each chapter because it allows me to test my learning. I just wished that the audio book also repeated the paragraphs at the end of each set of translations to put newly learnt words or phrases to test and better understand the thought of each paragraph.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    whimpo1001 09/03/2017
    whimpo1001 09/03/2017
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    "Very clear and easy to understand!"
    What made the experience of listening to French Short Stories for Beginners the most enjoyable?

    This book is very informative and great for beginners! Also the audio is very clear.


    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    John Hany 12/03/2017
    John Hany 12/03/2017
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    "Just what I needed!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of French Short Stories for Beginners to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because now I can learn how to properly pronounce the words instead of just reading them. You can easily find out how to words are spelled online, but you can't always find proper pronunciation for these words, which is quite useful in real life


    What did you like best about this story?

    What i liked best was the vocabulary flash cards in midst of the stories which helped me stay on track and not lose attention.


    What does Frederic Bibard and Mariem Nouni bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    What they brought to the story in my opinion is the sense of understanding how to tell a story as if it's a real story that happened. It's not as apparent as one might think if a book was just read.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Francais pour vous


    Any additional comments?

    When I was school, French was my third language.. We didn't focus that much on learning it in school, so by the time I finished, I had the basics covered but not much else. I recently had a trip to France, during which I was even more sure that my French was disastrous. This is why I took a decision to improve my French, I started off by Googling for resources and translating as I went but it didn't take me far. However, this audible book was a saviour! The amount of stories included was more than enough and the idea of the "flash cards" in the story helped me keep track of my vocabulary and following through the story as it's being told. I believe this resource is great for people like me with previous basic knowledge in French. It can also be quite useful for people who are still learning at the beginning but are eager to pursue their goal in learning French. C'est une langue tres magnifique!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Benjaminxfgn 09/03/2017
    Benjaminxfgn 09/03/2017
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    "A Fantastic Book! I would definitely recommend"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would most certainly recommend this book to a friend. This book has helped me rediscover my long-lost love of the French Language and Culture as a whole. I bought this book after a recommendation from a friend and I must say that I am supremely happy with it!
    One of the hardest things about learning a new language is being able to practice it on a consistent basis, this book tackles that problem head on by providing easy to access short stories which are each fun and engaging. This book comes with audio narration which is very clear and helps an incredible amount with pronunciation. The stories are read at a nice steady pace for a beginner like me. Learn French with Stories will have you talking French in no time at all!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of French Short Stories for Beginners?

    After reading you part of a story, the narrator repeats the sentence slowly, going over each word and phrase. This is incredibly helpful as it reinforces how words and phrases an be strung together to form meaning.


    Have you listened to any of Frederic Bibard and Mariem Nouni ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Personally, I have not listened to any other performance by Frederic Bibard and Mariem Nouni. However, the narration in this book is truly amazing and based on this fact I would certainly consider giving their other performances a listen.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in learning French, this is the book for you.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mircea Coman 29/03/2017
    Mircea Coman 29/03/2017
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    "Helpful book. Do not hesitate to buy it."

    I recommend this audiobook to anyone who’s looking forward to learn French.
    First of all, I like the fact that the author is open to speak with the public and that he is offering his contact details for opinions about the book.
    Second of all, the book is sectioned in chapters. This comes really handy in case you want to get back to a specific story.

    Another good thing about this book is that it is not only French. You get translation in English, that comes again really handy if you want to write some words down and memorize them.

    In the end, I fully recommend this audiobook for anyone who enjoys learning a new language or just improving their vocabulary in a fun and enjoyable way.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 27/03/2017
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    "Highly recommended!!!"

    It is a very fun and helpful material to learn the French language with. It has further ignited my interest to study the language. Very informative! Easy to recall since words are repeated a couple of times. The pace (of the speaker) was easy to follow. As it is an audio material, you can listen to it anywhere which makes it very handy. Thank you. Highly recommended!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 27/03/2017
    Andrew 27/03/2017
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    "Excellent Way to Brush Up on Conversational French"
    Any additional comments?

    Since completing my GCSEs half a decade ago, I’ve seldom had the time or the opportunity to rekindle my French speaking and listening skills. Having since tried a few online language-learning sites to keep the spark alive, I quickly found myself unmotivated to push through the laborious process of vocabulary and grammar memorisation.

    This book, however, provides a more relaxing and effortless way to experience some conversational French, spoken with clarity and astute inflection. The stories include plenty of simple vocabulary that even I could recall from GCSE French, and provides translations for the more difficult words.

    The stories cover a range of topics, and are segmented into complete French readings and recaps of vocabulary. This provides a good balance between being able to sit back and enjoy the stories, and learning the required vocabulary.

    Overall I would recommend this to anyone wanting to brush up on their French before travel, or those who would like to supplement their learning after starting the language.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Frank 30/03/2017
    Frank 30/03/2017
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    "French Stories review"
    Where does French Short Stories for Beginners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audiobook I've ever listened to. It certainly has opened up doors for me to try out new audiobooks online.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of French Short Stories for Beginners?

    How clear and easy each chapter was to follow. I'm still not ready to fully understand the story without the translation, however the narrators has made this a really enjoyable experience.


    What about Frederic Bibard and Mariem Nouni ’s performance did you like?

    I liked how the opening chapter was introduced by Federic and how he invited the users to follow him to the later chapters for advanced lessons while leading the beginners to Mariem's chapters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are many aspects to this book to fully understand first to be truly moved by this audiobook. Having said this, the audibook has motivated me to find and learn more ways to study the French language.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this audible book a great way to pick up the French language even when I have little time to spare; it was great to have it playing in the background as I worked on projects. The audio voice used is of high quality and repeats sentence and words in a clear and slow manner. The sentence/ word begins in French and is then translated into English. It then is repeated in French a final time slowly. I found this format order really helpful as I do not have the need to stop my work progress to rewind and repeat.


    As we progress through the chapters, there are vocabulary recaps. This gives the user a sense of progression rather than have them learn tediously from start to finish.

    The only downside I found to this style of learning is not being able to spell words I've learnt correctly. There were a couple of times I found words and sentences that interests me enough to note down. Later I had to do a google search to check if I had spelled them correctly.

    Overall, I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning or brushing up on the French language.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    07/03/17
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    "Very Helpful Book"

    French: Short Stories for Beginners + Audio is an amazing book. I took French throughout high school but did not continue to practice after graduation. This was a wonderful refresher. I was not sure how easily I would be able to follow the stories after years without practice, but the style of this book was very easy to follow.

    The book is separated into chapters that are anywhere from ten to twenty minutes long. This gives ample time to fit a chapter into anyone’s busy schedule. There are also various speeds that the book can be listened to. It can go as slow as 0.75x or as fast as 3x. This allows more advanced listeners to go through the chapters faster. It even offers a sleep timer to get some practice in before bed!

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has taken French or who wants to learn French. It is very easy to follow and can fit into anyone’s daily schedule. It has definitely helped me sharpen up my French speaking skills.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • B. Melo
    Caracas DC, Venezuela
    09/03/17
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    "Great audiobook to start your french learning"
    What made the experience of listening to French Short Stories for Beginners the most enjoyable?

    A very friendly material that helps to improve your vocabulary and the first listening steps


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fred because is very gentle and demonstrate good values


    Have you listened to any of Frederic Bibard and Mariem Nouni ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I had been enrolled for french classes for a month. It was great but at the same time tiring because the school is quite far from my home. However, due to the importance a give to the french language for business and arts ( in this 21st Century you should handle at least 3 languages to be competitive) I decided to take some practice form other sources. (Additionally, I have my daughter enrolled in an international school where french is the main language. )


    I was willing to practice some words and frases with my princess but is difficult to find something good online. I decided to do a search here in Amazon to see what can help me and I found this wonderful audiobook. Not only I practiced my french but I help my daughter with a wider vocabulary since I played the audio while we are at home.

    The speakers are very good, the voices are clear and the stories are nice and very interesting. After every new word there is a translation to english so you can know what they are talking about. I would recommend this material to anyone who is willing to perfect the listening and also the speaking( you could repeat after the narrative ). Once you complete this book you start to improve your french language skill considerable. I have listened this book many times and the words and phrases are very solid in my mind.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Amy Joe White
    PA, USA
    09/03/17
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    "Great Stories That Teach Conversational French"
    What does Frederic Bibard and Mariem Nouni bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't think I would have such an easy time absorbing the authentic French pronunciation if it weren't for this book being an audio book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is perfect for someone who, like me, has dabbled with French in the past, but doesn't have time to sit down with a book to study. The stories are enjoyable, and it made for a perfect light listening while going for a jog or walk. The stories themselves are particularly helpful in regards to conversational language - it helped me nail down a load of key phrases that I would commonly use in everyday speech. Plus, the tales help with the ability to recall certain words/phrase - I can easily remember which narrative a word/phrase came from, and that helps a ton. I wish I'd had this book of stories when I was first learning French: I feel like I would've retained more of it. Grab this for yourself if you're just starting out on the road to learning French, or if you've learned some French but need a refresher. This is a great tool, and a great set of stories. Highly recommended.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    06/03/17
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    "Closest Thing to Complete Immersion"

    I have been trying to become fluent in French for years. I studied it all throughout high school and two semesters in college, but I still have never felt like I 'got' it. This audiobook was perfect for me. I walk for about half an hour to work, so this is perfect to listen to during my commute. I bet it would be great in a car too. Even just playing it in the background while I do other things makes me feel like I'm getting used to the French language being spoken around me. It's a super long book, so if you keep it playing, it's not like it's going to end abruptly.

    The book begins with short stories told in half French, half English. I have always wanted something like this because it doesn't really feel like a lesson. It feels like you're really just listening to a Franglais story. The reader will stop and repeat phrases, translating them. Much later on in the book, the reader stops translating everything. But by that time, you're sort of ready to just listen to some French. The stories aren't super complicated, so any basic knowledge of vocabulary will carry you through. The readers (there is a man and woman) don't speak too quickly either, so it's definitely made to teach French in an effective way. I think I really was learning new words right away and realizing I understood what I was hearing. It's fun to repeat what you hear out loud, too. Très bien!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Tamara
    09/03/17
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    "An interesting way for learning!"

    As a person who is trying to learn french (self-teaching), I found the short story approach very interesting, since it allowed me to get a context for the new words, and the vocabulary recap was really hepful. I also enjoyed listening to both female and male voices as well.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • judith cecilia figuera silva
    10/03/17
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    "This book is awesome"

    I love this book every single minute that I've read it. Although I am not an expert speaking french I have some knowledge about this language but my vocabulary is not the best . And the last aspect was not a obstacle when I was listening the book. The histories are funny and interesting also the people of the book speak clearly and SHORT. It means that is not a tedious book. Defintely I will recomend this book for the people that is not and expert speaking french and want to improve their listening skills .

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher J. Spinney
    center conway NH
    29/03/17
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    "French learning made Fun!!"
    What did you love best about French Short Stories for Beginners?

    RE-Learning French in a fun and exciting way!!


    Have you listened to any of Frederic Bibard and Mariem Nouni ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    French learning for Millenials


    Any additional comments?

    I had 3 years of French over 10 years ago back in high school. With Canada so close to where I live, French speaking families visit and tour our area quite frequently. I work in the hospitality industry, so knowing how to speak a customers native language is a huge bonus when working for tips.
    Brushing up on the correct conjugations and pronunciations of a language that I have not spoken in over a decade was almost second nature with this book. The stories and the pace of the narration is perfect for a novice like me to pick up the basics again. I can now help my French Canadian gusts read the menu, describe entrees, and place orders, all thanks to this book. I am also able to brush up on my French reading with the written PDF version. This book could help me make more money!!!
    Thanks Frederic Bilbard and Mariem Nouni!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Janie
    28/03/17
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    "Fun way to learn French!"
    Any additional comments?

    I have only been learning French for a few months and when I heard about this book I was excited to give it a try! To start off, I really enjoyed listening to the content it provided. The book contains an introduction that explains how everything is set up and what exactly to expect while listening. After the introduction the stories begin. There are 15 short stories and they were all fun to listen to. It really helped me being able to hear the words out loud in French, plus the explanations of certain words and phrases in English after certain sections was an awesome bonus! I have found that the book has been really helpful. It is perfect for French learners who enjoy being immersed in the language.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • glaucia
    12/03/17
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    "Excellent way to learn French"
    Would you listen to French Short Stories for Beginners again? Why?

    I'm very pleased to find this version to learn French at home. This audiobook is an excelent version for self learners like me that need to practice listening and speaking French at the convenience of their home. I personally like to study at home because my schedule don't allow me to attend to classes . I also like the fact that I can donwload it on my smartphone and practice anywhere. Repetion for me is the key for memorizing any language and this course allows you to repeat as much as needed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The story overall is very interesting.


    What about Frederic Bibard and Mariem Nouni ’s performance did you like?

    Yes very well done.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Frenh Story


    Any additional comments?

    no

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberly
    11/03/17
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    "Fascinating Book"
    What made the experience of listening to French Short Stories for Beginners the most enjoyable?

    Being a Filipino who's willing to learn different languages like French, this book really help me a lot. Aside from having an affordable price, it lessens the hassle most especially for those people who are having a hectic schedule. Through this, I can learn French all by myself. I will know the correct pronunciations of the words just by hearing it. And what amaze me most is that it has a PDF copy. While listening to it, I can understand the French words spoken, clearly and accurately. I can follow it words by words. I can learn French, anytime and anywhere. I can play it for a multiple times. No need to attend such classes and pay high amount. This book is really recommendable. Thumbs up and Five stars for this.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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